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LATEST: Coronavirus updates from Sweden

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We have the LATEST live updates from the coronavirus outbreak in Sweden!

Sweden’s strategy seems to be to just let the sickness go through the country and prioritize the Economy, not people’s lives.

– A Swedish professor said on the state tv that “fortunately the virus only kills older people” and that “we should be thankful for it”.
– A reporter for the state tv, SVT, said “think about how many apartments that will become available when the older people die. I’m starting to think that the coronavirus is God’s gift to the millennials and gen z.
– Sweden keeps the schools open and has had basically no lockdown. This caused the leader of the opposition party, the right-wing Swedish Democrats, to say: “the only conclusion that can be taken is that they want to infect as many students as quick as possible.”
– Sweden has also gone out officially with a plan to prioritize giving care to the younger people, where the rule is that the person with the most years left to live shall get the care.

There are also numerous of reports of people dying after being denied care, even younger people, like a 30 year-old-girl that was found dead in her apartment the day after they had refused to send her an ambulance. Or like a 58-year-old, which tried to get into hospital but was repeatedly told to stay at home, and when her husband finally decided to drive her to the hospital himself despite what the state said, it was too late and she died a few minutes after arriving at the hospital.

17 June


Sweden pass 5,000 deaths as number of deaths surge.

Today Sweden has seen a huge surge in number of deaths.

No less than 106 new coronavirus deaths was reported today, and 1250 new cases.

This is the highest number of cases since the 15th of May.

The total number of deaths also passed the 5,000 mark today.

Follow the latest numbers here.

14 June


Coronavirus deaths in Sweden per region.

10 June


Sweden: Over 9,000 new cases the last 10 days compared to 148 in Norway.

The last days, Sweden has seen a huge increase in number of new coronavirus cases.

The last 10 days, Sweden reported no less than 9,164 new cases.

This compared to only 148 in Norway, 179 in Finland, 1 in Iceland and 347 in Denmark.

Sweden also has the highest number of new cases per capita in Europe the last days.

The Swedish State Epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, has stated that the huge increase is related to increased testing.

They did 49,000 tests in week 23 (1 June to 7 June), compared to 36,400 the week before, which is an increase of 12,600.

So does this add up? Let’s check!

Number of new cases in week 23: 7,109

Number of new cases in week 22: 3,919

This gives the number of infected per 1000 tests:

Week 23: 145

Week 22: 107

This means that there are 38 more infected per 1000 tests the last week.

Sweden has now done a total of around 325,000 tests.

27 May


Swedish professor: Change strategy NOW.

A Swedish professor, Tove Fall, has gone out and said that Sweden should change strategy now to a “test, trace and isolate” strategy.

“Now I think it is time to sharpen the goal further, not just aim to go just below the maximum capacity in the health care, but actually push down the infection rate as much as possible to prevent illness, chronic complications and to get the heath care work again, she says.”

This should be done through the testing, tracing and isolation method.

“Each broken chain of infection means fewer infected and less sick” she continues.

“Measures aimed at reducing infection as much as possible are more effective,” she believes, and it’s already being seen throughout Europe.

The Swedish state channel, SVT, asked yesterday Johan Carlson, the director of the Swedish Health Authority, if Sweden should change their strategy.

Johan confirmed that Sweden should move to a “test, trace and isolation method.”

However, the Swedish state epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, later told SVT that “they have for now not enough resources to do this”.

But he added that he was not negative to what Fall had said, adding that “it is our future plan.”

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20 May


Sweden reports 734 new cases and 83 new deaths today.

The total numbers are now 31,642 cases and 3,855 deaths.

19 May


Sweden reports 441 new cases and 60 new deaths today.

The total numbers are now 30,908 cases and 3,772 deaths.

18 May


Norwegian state epidemiologist criticises the Swedish strategy

The Norwegian state epidemiologist, Frode Forland, has in an interview heavily criticised the Swedish approach to the coronavirus pandemic.

He describes the Swedish strategy as being “dangerous”.

“New studies indicate that the dark numbers are not as high as Johan Giesecke (the former Swedish state epidemiologist) and Anders Tegnell (current state epidemiologist in Sweden) say. With such a high mortality rate, it is too dangerous to hope for a controlled spread,” Frode Forland says.

Frode further states that “Sweden goes agains the rest of the world”.

Johan Giesecke, the former Swedish state epidemiologist and advisor to the WHO, has said that Sweden is right, whilst all other countries tackle the coronavirus outbreak in the wrong way.

Frode heavily criticises this statement, saying that “He should be more humble. There is a lot that we do not know about the virus.”

At the time of writing this, Sweden has over 3,700 coronavirus deaths compared to 233 in Norway.

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15 May


Sweden reports 641 new cases and 116 new deaths today.

The total numbers are now 29,257 cases and 3,660 deaths.

14 May


Shocking video: Swedish coronavirus patient suffocatesto death after being refused oxygen

Anita Pettersson

Anita Pettersson, 55, was taken to hospital in late March after being diagnosed with coronavirus. But the hospital refused to give her oxygen or send her to intensive care. Now her daughter has published a video where she films her mum suffocating to death.

Read more and watch the video here.

13 May


Sweden reports 625 new cases and 149 new deaths today.

The total numbers are now 27,988 cases and 3,476 deaths.

12 May


Sweden reports 602 new cases and 58 new deaths today.

The total numbers are now 27,363 cases and 3,327 deaths.

8 May


Sweden: Municipalities are breaking the law by refusing letting their health care workers speak with journalists about the Coronavirus situation.

The Swedish muncipalities are under-reporting the real number of coronavirus deaths. Now to try to hide the real numbers, several municipalities have prohibited health care workers to speak to journalists and the media, reveals sources from different municipalities in Sweden.

By doing this, the municipalities are breaking the Swedish law, which states that everyone has the right to speak with journalists and the media.

In an internal document to the health care workers in the municipality Gällivare, the municipality states that “all questions regarding the handling of the coronavirus should always be referred to the manager or be referred to information on the municipality’s website. As an employee in the social services we work under confidentiality and are not allowed to give out any information.”

And further states: “Workers should not answer any question from the media at all.”

The internal document from Gällivare municipality.

The communications manager for Gällivare, Maria Lindgren, says in a comment that “it should not be perceived as not having the right to talk to journalists.”

“Everyone has the right to talk to the media if you want, but you must not violate the confidentiality. I consider that “should” does not mean that you cannot.

But, Gällivare is not the only place that tries to hide what’s really happening in Sweden.

In the region Sörmland, 8 of 9 municipalities have said that “they don’t know how many that are infected in the eldery care.”

This has been revealed to not be true. They have deliberately witheld the information in order to prevent media investigation, reveals the newspaper Ekuriren.

The newspaper further writes that they tried to reach out to the different municipalities, but was rejected with reference to confidentiality, despite the fact that the newspaper did not request any personal data, but the number of infected.

In Örebro, the municipality informed their health care workers that they are “not allowed to leave out any information to media, journalists and authors about their work.”

This even though the Swedish law clearly states that everyone has the right to talk to media and journalists.

After being heavily criticised and after being confronted by journalists, the municipality changed the text to “information that’s not sensitive are still allowed”.

Örebro is a big municipality in Sweden, having a population of over 100.000.

As we have revealed earlier in this live reporting, Sweden are under-reporting the real number of coronavirus deaths.

The official numbers today are 23,980 cases and 2,959 deaths.

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Sweden reports 678 new cases and 134 new deaths today.

The total numbers are now 25,370 cases and 3,190 deaths.

7 May


Sweden reports 712 new cases and 97 new deaths today.

The total numbers are now 24,692 cases and 3,056 deaths.

6 May


Sweden reports 734 new cases and 90 deaths today.

The total numbers are now 23,980 cases and 2,959 deaths.

5 May


Sweden reports 481 new cases and 87 new deaths today.

The total numbers are now 23,246 cases and 2,869 deaths.

1 May


Swedish nurse: Coronavirus patients are suffocating to death without oxygen. “People are dying. It’s horrible.”

Elderly coronavirus patients are now suffocating to death without oxygen. This reports the Swedish nurse Latifa Löfvenberg, who works in the region Gävleborg.

In an interview, Latifa tells about what’s really happening in the health care system in Sweden, and how she herself has witnessed several people dying without being given oxygen.

“They are suffocating. Slowly. It takes sometimes days,” says Latifa.

Latifa tells that she cannot give the patients oxygen, which could save some people’s lives.

“It’s crazy. I don’t know what to say. I have talked to a lot of people about it, and we need the oxygen! People are dying. It’s horrible.”

Löfvenberg said that she herself has witnessed around 10 people who have died without oxygen. She adds that there are a lot more that dies in this way, but who are not in her care.

She also tells that staff “without any education what so ever” are now giving coronavirus patients morphine.

“They call me first and ask me if they can give morphine and they describe the symptoms for me and I can say yes or no. But I always go there. I don’t let them do it” says Löfvenberg.

She further tells that her boss orders her to not send anyone with coronavirus symptoms to hospital.

“We are told to not send anyone into the hospital with symptoms of covid. I need to call the doctors before I send someone in.”

The whole interview can be found on Youtube.

Except for being a nurse, Latifa is also a politician for the Swedish Democrats, and represents the party in Gävle municipality.

[Source]

30 April


Sweden states that they have failed to protect their elderly.

The Swedish social minister, Lena Hallengren of the Social Democrats, has now admitted that Sweden has failed to protect their elderly.

“It is a failure that we have not succeeded to protect our elderly. It’s very serious and a failure for the society as a whole. We have to learn from it, we are not through the pandemic yet,” said Lena Hallengren today in an interview with SVT.

“There has been a lot of talk over a long time, which now has come to the surface, regarding the elderly care. Such as insecure conditions, education and how people take recommendations. But it is a fact that it’s the elderly who have paid a high price,” says Lena Hallengren.

[Source]

Sweden reports 794 new cases and 129 new death today.

The total numbers now stands at 21,153 cases and 2,601 deaths.

29 April


Alarming report from Swedish care home: 27 of 96 has died by the coronavirus.

An alarming report from an elderly care home in Solna (near Stockholm) shows that 27 of the 96 living there has died by the coronavirus.

That’s 28%, or more than 1 in 4.

The report also tells that many of those who work on the care home are or have been declared as sick. According to the report, up to 50% of the staff have been or are currently declared sick.

According to sources, the staff also works in “very difficult conditions”, with lack of equipment and “insufficient hygienic conditions”, which might explain the extreme death rate on this particular care home.

[Source]

Sweden has now passed 20,000 coronavirus cases.

After 647 new cases today, Sweden’s total number of cases has now passed 20,000.

Sweden also reports 97 new deaths, taking the total to 2,472 deaths.

The death rate stands at 12.1%.

28 April


British Epidemiologist: “The number of coronavirus deaths in Sweden will soon start to increase dramatically”.

The British epidemiologist Neil Ferguson has said that the number of coronavirus deaths in Sweden will soon start to increase dramatically.

He predicted that 250.000 people in the UK would die if the UK would not impose a harder lockdown. This resulted in the UK enforcing the lockdown it has today.

A Swedish former state epidemiologist, Johan Giesecke, has heavily criticised what Neil said, describing him as being “arrogant”.

Giesecke also believes that Neil “overestimates the danger of the coronavirus” and that the UK’s lockdown strategy is “exaggerated”.


Sweden reports 707 new cases and 90 new deaths today.

The total numbers are now 19,712 cases and 2,375 deaths.

27 April


Sweden reports 81 new deaths today.

The total number of deaths in Sweden are now 2,285.

24 April


Confirmed: Sweden are under-reporting the real number of coronavirus deaths.

Several regions have now confirmed that Sweden are under-reporting the real number of deaths.

“There is a big number of unreported deaths since we don’t test everyone” says Maria Remén, a doctor in Södermanland.

In Sweden, only people that dies and have been tested positive for coronavirus are included in the death count.

And Sweden is not doing many tests.

So far, only 94,500 tests have been done in Sweden, which is 9,357 per 1 million pop.

And in many cases, people with symptons on eldery care homes are not tested. In for example the regions Dalarna, Södermanland, Östergötland and Kalmar, the doctors confirms that they only test a few of those with symptons on the eldery care homes.

“It is an under-reporting in the number of sick and deaths” says Maria Remén.

We don’t know how many that dies, but statistics suggests that the real numbers may be 1.75 times higher than the official numbers, which would take the total to around 3,775.

The official numbers today are 17,673 cases and 2,157 deaths.

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Sweden reports its biggest increase in new cases.

Sweden reports 862 new cases and 130 new deaths today.

This is the biggest increase in new cases in one day so far.

The total numbers are now 17,673 cases and 2,157 deaths.

23 April


Sweden reports 752 new cases and 91 new deaths.

This takes the total numbers to 16,811 cases and 2,028 deaths.

22 April


Sweden reports 687 new cases and 141 new deaths.

This takes the total numbers to 16,059 cases and 1,937 deaths.

21 April


Sweden reports its biggest increase in new deaths so far.

Sweden reports 185 new deaths today, taking the total number to 1,796.

Sweden also reports 545 new cases, taking the total number to 15,372.

The death rate stands at 11.7%.

20 April


Coronavirus deaths per 1 million population in the Nordic countries.

19 April


The coronavirus development in Scandinavia in a graph.

18 April


Sweden reports 586 new cases and 118 new deaths.

The total numbers are now 13,882 cases and 1,544 deaths.

17 April


REVEALED: Swedish hospitals are refusing care to people now.

There are now numerous reports that hospitals in the Stockholm area are refusing intensive care to people.

According to IVO (the Health and Social Care Inspectorate), they have received numerous of reports from healthcare workers in Stockholm that the hospitals are refusing care to people. Most are from Karolinska hospital, but not all.

This comes after the Stockholm region being highly overwhelmed by coronavirus patients.

This has caused IVO to now inspect Karolinska hospital.

“Some reports are about the prioritizing of people with kidney disease to intensive care. Based on these indications, we choose to start a supervision at Karolinska Hospital. We will now review what they’re doing,” says Linda Almqvist at IVO.

But Karolinska is not the only hospital to do so.

According to IVO, several of the reports they got tells that several hospitals in Stockholm are now choosing who to give care to or not.

“We have repeatedly found that patients who are believed to need a ventlilator for a long time (e.g. a couple of weeks) are denied intensive care with the argument that a younger patient with a better prognosis may need the place in a few days, when the intensive care beds in the region are full,” says one of the sources.

As we reported earlier, the Swedish strategy is highly criticised.

One head doctor in Stockholm even told that the Swedish strategy will “probably end in a historical massacre”.

Sweden has at the time of writing 13,296 cases and 1,426 deaths.

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Sweden reports 624 new cases and 79 new deaths.

This takes the total number of cases to 13,296 and the number of deaths to 1,426.

16 April


“Sweden has failed” – 22 Swedish scientists criticise the Swedish strategy on the coronavirus.

22 Swedish scientists have heavily criticised the Swedish approach on the coronavirus.

They say that the Swedish politicians “needs to go in with quick and radical measures” to stop the spread of the virus.

They also refer to statistics that shows that Sweden has 10x as many deaths as Finland, which have imposed much harder restrictions. Finland has closed restaurants, schools etc.

According to the scientists, the Health authority has said 4 times that the curve is flattening, even though it isn’t.

“You should not change your recommendations when Sweden’s curves are radically starting to differ from the neighbouring countries.”

The politicians need to start doing something.

According to the scientists, a change must happen quickly.

They suggest that Sweden should close schools and restaurants, like they have done in Finland. Everyone at the hospitals working with older people should wear good protection. Sweden needs to mass test all health staff. And Sweden needs to get their citizens to understand that “anyone could be infected.”

“The elected politicians, those who have the responsibility, must intervene. There are no other options.”

[Source]

Famous Swedish TV personality Adam Alsing has died of coronavirus.

The famous TV personality Adam Alsing died on April 15 by the coronavirus. He was only 51 years old and died at a hospital in Stockholm after battling the virus for 2 weeks.


Sweden reports 676 new cases and 127 new deaths.

This takes the total number of cases to 12,672 and the number of deaths to 1,347.

15 April


Sweden reports its biggest increase in new deaths so far.

Sweden reports 144 new deaths today, taking the total number to 1,220.

Sweden also reports 460 new cases, taking the total number to 11,996.

The death rate stands at 10.2%.

14 April


Sweden reports its biggest increase in number of new deaths so far.

Sweden reports 125 new coronavirus deaths today, taking the total number of deaths to 1,071.

This is the biggest increase so far.

13 April


The Swedish strategy will “probably end in a historical massacre” says Head Doctor at a major hospital in Sweden.

A head doctor at a major hospital in Sweden has heavily criticised the Swedish approach, saying that the Swedish strategy will “probably end in a historical massacre”.

He further says that “healthcare workers at my hospital who have tested positive for the virus but are asymptomatic have been advised to continue working”. 

The doctor asked to remain anonymous, because “it is frowned upon to speak of the epidemic or to go against the official vision”, but he said that he felt a need to speak out from an “ethical and medical point of view.”

As we reported earlier in this article, the Swedish hospitals are at a breaking point, where they no longer can give care to the older people.

Sweden’s current official numbers are 11,023 cases and 946 deaths.

[Source]

10 April


Sweden: Older people will now be refused care.

A document from Karolinska hospital in Stockholm (Sweden’s best hospital) reveals that they will no longer give intensive care to patients over 80, those over 70 with 1 underlying health issue, or those over 60 with 2 under-lying health issues.

This comes after the Stockholm region being heavily overloaded by coronavirus patients.

The document is meant to help the doctors making the decision if they should give or stop intensive care treatment for patients.

In the document, the criterias for giving care are:

  • The patient himself don’t oppose intensive care
  • Survival and recovery are deemed probable in relation to habitual function level and the whole situation
  • Absence from other sickness with expected survival of shorter that 6-12 months
  • Biological age under 80 years
  • Biological age 70-80 years and significant defect in maximum one organ system (e.g. respiration, circulation, kidney funktion)
  • Biological age 60-70 years and significant defect in maximum two organ systems (e.g. respiration, circulation, kidney funktion)

With biological age, it means differences in the patient’s health, funktion and expected survival in relation to the average for the patient’s chronological age. The biological age can be both higher and lower than the chronological age. For example have patients with a chronological age of 60-70 year a higher biological age if they have one or more serious system diseases with obvious funktional limitations or expected survival shorter than those of the same age who are healthy.

General criterias for stopping intensive care treatment:

  • Patients where in afterhand are identified that they don’t meet the criterias above
  • New defect in organs, or no improvement, which means that survival and recovery are unlikely.

Here is a copy of the original document in Swedish:


Sweden reports 550 new cases and 77 new deaths.

The total numbers are now 9,783 cases and 881 deaths.

As it’s holiday in Sweden today, its likely that the lower numbers aren’t representative. Previous weekends usually show a much lower number than on working days.

9 April


Swedish Police now preparing for riots as more patients will be refused care.

The Swedish Police are now preparing for riots as the intensive care beds are getting full in Stockholm. They are now sending forces to guard outside the hospitals.

This comes after patients with less chance to survive (all over 80 and those over 60 with health issues) are refused care. The rule is that the person with the best chances to survive should get the intensive care first.

According to sources, over 20 polices will guard the main hospitals in the Stockholm region.


Sweden reports 721 new cases and 112 new deaths.

Sweden reports 721 new cases and 112 new deaths, taking the total number to 9,233 cases and 807 deaths. This is the biggest increase yet in number of cases and deaths.

8 April


Sweden reports 668 new cases and 88 new deaths.

Sweden reports 668 new cases and 88 new deaths, taking the total number to 8,512 cases and 695 deaths.


Donald Trump: Sweden is suffering very badly.

The US President Donald Trump has criticised Sweden’s way of handling the coronavirus.

“Sweden is suffering very badly” said the President in a speech last night.

Anders Tegnell, the Swedish state epidemiologist, has criticised President Trump’s speech, saying that “we should not take this (the president’s speech) seriously” and that “Sweden is doing very well compared to New York.”

Tegnell said from the beginning that the coronavirus would be no problem. He has been proven wrong many times.

He said for example on the 5th of March that “I think the worst is over now” and “Yes, it may go up a little. But then it will most likely go down”. Sweden had at that point just 94 cases and 0 deaths.

What he said has turned out to be completely wrong, as Sweden now has 7,844 cases and 607 deaths, with over 100 new deaths yesterday.

Sweden is being talked about as doing “relatively good” and with no lockdown.

This is however completely wrong.

As we wrote on the 4th of April, the Swedish hospitals are at a breaking point, and according to a internal newsletter at Karolinska hospital in Stockholm, the hospitals in Stockholm will have to end the intensive care treatment to a large number of patients, already by last weekend.

This might explain the huge surge we have seen in the number of deaths the last days, with 106 new deaths on April 7 compared to 40 new on April 4.

If we look closer at yesterday’s numbers, we see that 78 (74%) of the new deaths yesterday occured in the Stockholm region (the area where the intensive care beds are runnig low), whilst on April 4 there were 21 (53%) deaths in Stockholm.

So could it be that the huge surge we have seen the last 2 days are linked to lack of intensive care units in Stockholm?

7 April


640 admitted to intensive care so far.

A total of 640 have been admitted to intensive care, with 438 in intensive care right now.


BREAKING: Sweden reports 512 new cases and 106 new deaths.

Sweden sees its BIGGEST increase in number of deaths so far. Sweden reports 512 new cases and 106 new deaths, taking the total number to 7,844 cases and 607 deaths.

6 April


590 admitted to intensive care so far.

A total of 590 have been admitted to intensive care, with 427 in intensive care right now.


Sweden reports 347 new cases and 80 new deaths.

Sweden sees its biggest increase in number of deaths so far. Today Sweden reported 347 new cases and 80 new deaths, taking the total number to 7,332 cases and 501 deaths.

5 April


Critical shortage of important medicines in Sweden now.

Internal email communications from a hospital in the Stockholm region reveals that there is now a critical shortage of important medicines in Sweden right now.

“It’s wartime healthcare we are doing right now” says one of the sources to SVT.

The hospitals use a drug known as Propofol, which they use to anesthetize patients with. This is an important drug for covid-19 patients. When a patient needs respirator, they sometimes need to use Propofol to anesthetize the patient.

Internal emails from a hospital in Stockholm reveals that there is now a critical shortage of Propofol. They will now have to use an alternative drug called Pentothal .

The problem with the Pentothal drug is that a by-effect of it is increased difficulty to breathe, which is not very good with the coronavirus.

Here is the email communication, translated from Swedish:

Subject: Propofolshortage

Hi,

There is a critical shortage of Propofol in the region Stockholm. Try to minimise the use of propofol with surgery. Induce in first hand with Pentothal and remember that this is unfortunately much more often associated with laryngospasm. Ketanest might also be an alternative in some cases. I’ll come back as soon as more information is available.

The original message in Swedish.

Another email a little later:

Hi,

Even on the ICU and covid-ICU it could be worth prioritizing propofol to the patients that are close to extubation.

Sorry.

The original message in Swedish.

The situation is now critical in Stockholm with the high number of coronavirus patients, and therefore the region has now contacted manufacturers to try to get them to increase their production rate.


Now 6985 cases and 421 deaths.

This is lower than yesterday, which might be because it’s Sunday. The numbers of new cases and deaths are generally lower in the weekends.


Sweden denies real death numbers to be 750.

Sweden has denied the real death numbers being 750, stating that “it was just a speculation”.

However, they have not denied that the real numbers on March 25 for example being 97, not 42 and the following day 124, not 66.


Swedish death numbers are much higher.

The number of corona deaths in Sweden is far higher than the authorities report. There may be up to 750 people who have died, according to the FHI (Swedish Health Department).

On March 25, for example, the health authorities reported 42 deaths, while the real number was much higher – 97.

The following day, it was reported a total of 66 corona deaths in Sweden, while in reality it was 124.

On Saturday it was reported that 391 had died, but in reality, the real number may be as high as 750.

4 April


Swedish hospitals are at a breaking point now – will have to end the intensive care treatment for a large number of Intensive Care Patients.

A leaked internal newsletter to the staff at Karolinska Hospital (Sweden’s best hospital) reveals that the intensive care units are now in a critical stage, where they no longer will be able to give care to a large number of patients.

The main points in the letter is:

  • Swedish hospitals will need to end the intesive care treatment for a large number of patients.
  • The Swedish hospitals are in a critical position.
  • The Intensive care beds in Stockholm might be full already by this weekend.
  • They might need to down-prioritize everything that is not strictly medically important.
  • Dialysis will be a luxury that they most likely will not be able to offer.

Here is the letter translated to English:

We are in a critical position.

If the trend does not drastically decline, the forecast is that all intensive care beds in Stockholm might be full already by this weekend.

What we are about to do now might be the most important and greatest achievement for the society we have done in our whole working life.

Our task now is to create the opportunity for more patients to survive and we will do this by opening more physical places, sparse staffing, new cooperations and harder priorities. We must be prepared for that a specialist-nurse may be responsible for 8-10 patients, with support from other members of staff from other categories. In that situation everything that is not strictly medically important, will not be prioritized. We’ll have to be happy with assuring oxygenation and blood pressure.

Infusions will be from medicines in the hanging bag and the count of drop rate and nutrition will be at basal levels. Dialysis will be a luxury that we most likely will not be able to offer.

We will need to end intensive care for a large number of patients that we should have continued to help, if we had been in a normal state and with unlimited resources.

Our most important task will be that together save as many lives as possible.

The original letter in Swedish:


23% of ICU are under 65 with no underlying health issues.

Statistics show that 23.3% of the patients in intensive care are people under 65 with no underlying health issues. Examples of underlying health issue includes:

  • Heart or lung disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Over-weight
  • Diabetes
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Immunocompromised

520 intensive care patients.

Now 520 intensive care patients. That is an increase of almost 11% from yesterday’s 469.


Sweden reports 435 new cases and 40 new deaths.

The total numbers are now 6,557 cases and 391 deaths.

This is lower than yesterday, which might be because it’s Saturday. Sweden does only limited testing, and as of today, 17.6% of the tested are infected, meaning that there are a lot of undetected cases.


Löfven wants more power – asks to bypass the parliament during the coronacrisis.

During the corona crisis, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and the government wants more power to make decisions linked to the corona pandemic without having to go through the Parliament.

A memorandum from the Ministry of Social Affairs have been sent to the opposition parties, containing proposals to give the government temporary authority to enforce certain regulations linked to the coronavirus to stop the spread of the virus.

The memorandum gives the government the authority to make swift decisions bypassing the parliament. It also gives the government the authority to temporary impose restrictions on crowds, close shopping malls, nightclubs and restaurants and to impose restrictions on the transport sector.

The regulation will be temporary, and (if accepted) will apply between April 2020 and September 2020.

All opposition parties are positive to the proposals, except Moderaterna (the center-right party).

They have said that they are willing to say yes to the proposal, but wants any decisions made by the government to be approved by parliament afterwards.

3 April


Swedish PM: Thousands will die.

Stefan Löfven. Photo: Screenshot / Youtube

The Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, has said to DN.se that thousands will die by the coronavirus.

“We will count the deaths in thousands. It’s just as good that we start preparing for it” said Stefan Löfven.”

He continues: “It’s about thousands, and it will all last for months, not weeks. Both in terms of the spread of the virus itself and the economy.”


5,7% death rate.

The death rate has continued to increase, and has gone up from 5,4% yesterday to now 5,7%.


469 in intensive care.

469 people have been in intensive care in Sweden now. That’s 7,7% of registered cases.


582 new cases and 50 new deaths.

Sweden reports 582 new coronavirus cases today and 50 new deaths.

The total numbers are now 6,122 cases and 351 deaths.

2 April


Over 1,400 hospitalized in Sweden.

There are now 1,404 hospitalized in Sweden with coronavirus, with 429 in intensive care.


The Swedish chief scientist for the coronavirus, Anders Tegnell, has admitted that Sweden has failed.

Anders Tegnell, chief scientist for the coronavirus in Sweden, has now admitted that Sweden has failed to keep away the virus from the eldery care homes.

“No, obviously we haven’t. It is very unfortunate, because that is exactly what we tried to prevent in every possible way”, says Tegnell to Sveriges Radio’s question if Sweden has succeded to keep away the coronavirus from the eldery care homes.


429 in intensive care now.

There are now 429 people in intensive care in Sweden. This equals 7,7%


531 new cases and 42 new deaths today.

Sweden reports 531 new coronavirus cases today and 42 new deaths.

The total numbers are now 5,540 cases and 301 deaths.


Hundreds of coronavirus cases on the eldery care homes in Stockholm.

There are now hundreds of Covid-19 cases on the eldery care homes in the Stockholm region. In one of the researches, it was found that 230 older people was infected so far.

1 April


Coronavirus found on every third eldery care home in Stockholm.

The coronavirus has now been reported on every third eldery care home in Stockholm.

“We look at this very seriously” says the chief scientist on the coronavirus Anders Tegnell.

“This is exactly what we tried to avoid” he continues.

Sweden currently have 5008 cases and 257 deaths, with 2224 cases and 149 deaths in the region Stockholm.

Sweden reports 473 new cases and 54 new deaths today, taking the total number to 5,000 cases and 253 deaths in Sweden.

394 are in intensive care in Sweden now. That is 7,9%

The death rate stands at 5,1% now.

31 March


4,525 cases and 199 deaths in Sweden now.

At least two doctors infected by Cornavirus in intensive care in Stockholm – Sweden.

Since Sweden has loosened the requirements for infection protection for health personal, at least two doctors in Stockholm are now in intensive care.

At least three more doctors working in an Emergency department in another town are also infected.

One of them says: “They are gambling with our lives!”

This according to svd.se

30 March


Sweden currently have 4,115 cases and 165 deaths.

We start this liveblog now!

Paul Imanuelsen
Paul Imanuelsen
Paul Imanuelsen is the founder and main writer for Latest from Europe. He is a Swedish photographer and the author of 5 books.

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